The text of David Cameron’s speech today to the National Conservative Convention contains the following passage:
… We give people the tools to succeed. Yes, we believe self-reliance is a good thing, but that doesn’t mean “you’re on your own”. You can’t just say to the teenager who no one has ever believed in: “pull yourself up by the boot-straps”.
I know the leg-ups I got in life.
A loving family, wonderful parents, a great school and university.
Aspiration needs to be nurtured.
And this party has always understood that.
We want people to climb up through their own efforts, yes…
…but in order to climb up they need the ladder to be there in the first place…
…the family that nurtures them, the school that inspires them, the opportunities there for them.
Great Conservatives down the generations have put those ladders in place.
When Churchill invented the labour exchanges that helped people into work.
When Macmillan built new homes.
When Thatcher fired up enterprise so people could start their own businesses.
That’s what we’re doing in the Conservative Party right now.
There are a couple of things about this passage that jar somewhat. Continue Reading →